Wednesday, 18 April 2012

FOI to #QuackCWaC Council: Not 1, not 2 but 3 ASC Developments paid

Freedom of information request to #QuackCwaC Council

Under the FOI, with respect to the following supplier(s) please confirm that payment for all contracts during the lifetime of CWAC was to one company and one company only by reference to the firm's registration number with Companies House or some other means of unambiguous identification.

For example, by confirming payment was made into the same account with the same account number on each occasion, if that is the case. Stating that each company has the same business address or proprietor would not be sufficient.

The company or companies are: ASC Developments Chester Ltd (supplier ID 80135), ASC Developments (supplier ID 127426) and A S C Developments (supplier ID 482).

Freedom of information response from #QuackCwaC Council 

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I am able to provide you with the following response.

ASC Developments Chester Ltd (Supplier ID 80135) – 30 invoices paid to this supplier.

o   29 invoices were paid by BACS to 1 account number ending 6061.

o   1 invoice was paid by cheque. The Cheque was requested by Graham Seddon of Private Sector Housing via a TM11CR (cheque request form). The cheque was sent to: West Cheshire Healthy Homes, 21A Meridian House, 37 Road One, Winsford Industrial Estate, Winsford. CW7 3GQ.

ASC Developments (supplier ID 127426) – 7 invoices paid to this supplier.

o   4 invoices sent via cheque to the supplier i.e. ASC Developments, Unit 4/5 Facit Glen Industrial Estate, River Lane, Saltney, Flintshire. CH4 8RH. These invoices were all sent to the Purchasing and Exchequer section via TM11CR (cheque request) forms, which were raised by Jean Dunn, Private Sector Housing.

o   3 invoices were paid by cheque and sent to Graham Seddon, Private Sector Housing, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port. CH65 0BE. These invoices were sent to the Purchasing and Exchequer section via TM11CR (cheque request) form by Graham Seddon, Private Sector Housing.

A S C Developments (Supplier ID 482) –  4 invoices paid to this supplier.

o   All invoices paid by BACS to 1 account number ending 6061.

We only have a Tax registration number (VAT number) for one of these suppliers (482) which is 896 1189 77. However, the invoices that we can see on the system i.e. the ones that have not been requested via a TM11CR form, state the same VAT number on their invoices.

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My comment: I wonder if there are any more ASC Developments yet to be identified? With the FOI request only asking for information regarding the three above there was no obligation on #QuackCWaC to say if there are any more.


  1. It would be useful to determine the sequence of events surrounding these concerns which all have ASC in their names.

    1)What work was undertaken by each of the concerns known as ASC?

    2)On what dates was this work carried out?

    3) In the event that work was being undertaken by the various ASC concerns at the same time, why were they treated and paid differently by the council?

    4) What distinguished the services etc of each of the ASC concerns so that they were identifiable as different bodies?

    5)How did the council put this work out to tender, what was the process and how did work come to be awarded to ASC(s)?

    6) It would be useful to see the invoices submitted to the council which formed the basis of these payments. These would indicate the exact nature of the concern that undertook the work.

    7) Why did the council contract work to so many different concerns known as ASC? Did they not consider this to be a strange arrangement?

  2. Jo

    Some of the questions you raise have been answered in a recent response to a Freedom of Information request.


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